September 6th, 2011
Catherine Zimney*, who lamented not having an astronomy professor aboard to name the stars for her, would appreciate today’s quotation. A star chart is a pretty satisfactory alternative. And it’s cheap and doesn’t eat much!
The pleasures of being becalmed became threadbare; there is a limit to untutored star gazing.
Charles Landery was an American who served in the Royal Navy in WWII wrote a number of books, including Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1940), So What? A Young Man’s Odyssey (1940) and Whistling for a Wind (1952). The latter is an account of his post-war travels from England to Rhodes in the Greek Islands aboard his tramp sailor, Bessie.
*See the post “We’d be better prepared”.
August 5th, 2011
For whatever we lose (like a you or a me)
It’s always our self we find in the sea.
American poet Edward Estlin Cummings (1894 – 1962) was more commonly known as e. e. cummings (think of k.d. lang today). As well as writing nearly 3,000 poems, Cummings was also an author, painter and playwright. At the time of his death, he was second to Robert Frost in popularity as a poet.
I keep returning to his couplet and thinking about the truth of his words.
August 5th, 2011
Another Challenge, owned and skippered by Chris Lewin, has won the Sydney 38 division of the Sydney-Gold Coast yacht race. This is the yacht that Jessica Watson is taking in the Sydney-Hobart this year with a young crew and she was aboard for the experience.
They raced with a combined crew – some of Chris’s regulars and some of Jess’s team preparing for the Hobart. They finished one hour ahead of second-placed Wizzard but were penalised 10 minutes for missing one HF position report. We haven’t heard any reason for this.
The three other Sydney 38s finished within two hours of the winner, with Eleni being awarded two hours’ redress for standing by Wasabi, who lost its keel about three miles offshore.
Water-ballasted, Wasabi was able to stay afloat and was escorted in to Camden Haven.
May 23rd, 2011
If you’re an experienced sailor and you’re in a relationship with someone who doesn’t know, but wants to learn, the ropes, your best option is to book them in to a series of courses at a sailing school. Why? Because there will be fewer disagreements on your boat and they will not pick up your bad habits!
If you need help in selecting such a course, you may want to read my article, How to Find a Good Sailing School – 10 Questions You Should Ask .
If you plan to take off on an extended cruise, you really need to be sure that your other half has received sound training and, hopefully, picked up some qualifications along the way.
For example, when navigating a passage. If your partner becomes skilled on the helm, you will be able to go below and check the charts, update your position and make any corrections to the course, knowing that the boat is in safe hands.
The level of skills you should share also depends on whether you carry crew. If there are just the two of you, the ideal is for you to have equal skills, particularly if you plan on ocean travel.
So, the basic rule should be, the fewer of you and the further you go, the more you need to know.
No one would want to be left in tragic circumstances in the middle of an ocean without the ability to get home alone.
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